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Thursday, April 24. 2014
The US geography of chain coffee shops
Get Ready for Powdered Alcohol to Hit Liquor Stores This Fall
Bridal Lingerie Trends 2014
The Salmon are back! But the enviros are not happy
DH Lawrence, the f-word, and cold-hearted sex
The world-wide Rise of the Fatty
Is Sitting For Long Hours The New Smoking?
Cuz of global warmening, of course
Adding to ye olde blogroll: The Federalist
Matt Walsh hates affirmative action
The Dem Mead on Inequality Today: The Left-Liberal Narrative
Justice Sotomayor and the affirmative action bitter-enders have lost bigtime
I'll ask it again - what race is Obama?
Science and politics in the academy today
Yuk. Why do Republicans always do that?
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Re: Coffee chains
I live in the Northeast, which is saturated with the most uninspiring, boring and undrinkable coffee chain ever. The people here boost of being innovative in this area, but settle for this muck? Having lived all over the country DD is by far the worst in everything they sell.
I agree. Terrible coffee and terrible mushy donuts. We like them anyway.
My local shop is so much better than any of the chains.
Well, they do have 2 locations, does that make them a chain?
What race is Obama" As a nonracist who voted for him in 2008 (not 2012), I suggest he is a Disg Race to his oath of office.
"For both left and right wing Americans, history is a moral process. Bad things and good things don’t happen to us at random; if things are going badly, this is not a sign that reality is sometimes disappointing. We don’t, as a people, lie down in the face of failure and frustration and practice the arts of resignation and anger management. We deeply believe that if we are behaving correctly, good things will happen to us, and when bad things happen, we look for what we’ve done wrong."
Plenty of things happen at random. That actually IS the truth and almost all of us know it. It is also true that many of us don't lie down in the face of failure and resign ourselves. It is also true we believe if we behave correctly, good things happen. But these are probabilities, which have a dose of randomness in them.
Most people actually DO resign themselves when bad things happen. The happy few who don't are the successful ones, and the others view that success with envy - "he was down like me, why is up now - he must be so happy because he's so lucky!" No doubt luck plays a role, but so does attitude and effort. He's 'lucky' because he's happy - not necessarily vice-versa. Look at all the 'lucky' lottery winners who have gone bankrupt or had tremendously bad experiences!
It is bizarre to believe history is a moral process. At best, it is neutral. It does, however, work well and more in our favor if we are positive and forward thinking in our behaviors.
This means greed - real greed, trying to take from others without exchange of value - should be shunned. 'Greed', as it is defined by the left, is being able to recognize where value can bring multiple benefits, and having the pluck to take advantage of these opportunities. How is that bad?
When I was a kid, my dad would pick us up at the bus station in Philly and drive us to his house whenever we'd go down to visit. The first stop was the bookstore. The second was DD.
Today, DD is just second nature for my family. Even my son, who I never foisted DD upon, has taken it upon himself to visit it on his own when he has the opportunity.
No, it's not great stuff. But as you start out a 10 hour trip at 5am, it's a terrific jolt of sugar and caffeine.
I haven't had DD's donuts since I was a kid, many decades ago, but I recall liking them. Mrs. Feeblemind, somewhat of a coffee connoisseur agrees that the coffee is terrible. And yet... and yet, there it is, packaged in the grocery store on the shelf beside the Starbucks. Either there is no accounting for taste or someone must like it.
re the salmon are back
Wow!! What a stunning success. Hats off to the Canadian Indians for taking the risk.
One wonders if they will be able to do it again? The article was not clear though it appears unlikely. One also wonder's how this sort of thing could be done on a grand scale all over the world? One also wonders how much this could lower the price of salmon as well as other fish that would respond to 'pasture fertilization'.
Somehow, the environmentalists reaction does not surprise me. You can't exercise power over your fellow man if he has choices, and once again this shows it is not about improving or saving the environment, it is about power.
I was very surprised to learn that this 'pasture fertilization' technique has been known for decades and yet it had never been tried.
Sounds like the man who tried it has been politically burned at the stake for his heresy, having been forced to quit his job. I wish him well.
Thanks to MF for a very worthwhile post.
I'll ask it again - what race is Obama?
He is black or African American using the historical category for persons with a higher percentage of white than black in their genetic makeup (think "Yellow" Rose of Texas).
Indirectly, it is also a reference to a social class system in which skin color (and associated ancestries) is a major factor, placing those of lighter skin (with more European ancestry) at the top and those of darker skin at the bottom.
Note that President Obama prefers to nominate more whites than blacks and more white women than black women - he is clearly more comfortable with whites than blacks.
Don't live near one, their shop locater won't exceed a 50-mile radius (I don't think there are any in my state) and it doesn't list the states in which there is one. The last one I remember seeing was in Tucson 10 years ago. Used to patronize one there a long time ago. I do miss them.
Silly Bulldog! It's bad (BAD!!!!!!!) because leftists don't think that way. I suspect they can't think that way.
I suspect he knows the white lefties will give him more deference.
Salmon: It mussssst be done zere vay, orrrr nicht at Alles!
High-schooler asks Miss America to prom: Old-style response--How Sweet! Now--Sexual Harrassment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (from the sidelines). First World Problems are so much more immediate and devastating than global problems.
Teachers: I'll bet (and I'm pretty sure no one will take me up on this) that the writer's grandma's 54 students were vastly better behaved that the students many teachers have now. It also strikes me that writing this sort of "I'm Resigning Because" letters is counterproductive, as with the internet these days, their 'permanent record' is permanent and will be held against them. NOTE: I see why The Federalist is now on the List O' Links.
Why Do Teachers Complain So Much?
An Open Letter To My Resigning Teacher:
You aren't Mr. Chips, Kotter, or the guy Sidney Portier played in that bondage movie. You weren't an inspiration or a role model, and if I learned anything in skool it was in spite of you. If I ever have to diagram a sentence or duck and cover in an atomic air raid, I'll be the first one to thank you. So stop the cry baby whining and replace all the crayons.
With Love, etc.
I was unaware until recently how very prevalent the idea and the enforcement of that idea, the idea that you cannot--in fact MUST NOT say that someone is African/American. If someone beats up a white woman you may not say it was an African/American man. I know that it is against the US politically correct code that thou shalt not point out the activities of a person and describe that person being Jewish. It was in fact the idea that we could not identify someone as "Jewish"--saying that has for many years made one anti semitic. HOWEVER, I was not aware that the African/American community is demanding the same protection from the "white community". That is to say we cannot identify an individual as being an ethnic or religious group member. If we cannot define their cultural background how do we address the true source of the problematic behavior? We educate hundreds of thousands of people today to be social scientists, sociologists--yet, they are not allowed to identify the cultural? How does that work? Clearly it does not, and thus we do not craft solutions, or ways to address the core problems.